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  1. the office of an imam.
  2. the region or territory governed by an imam.
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Origin of imamate

First recorded in 1720–30; imam + -ate3
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Examples from the Web for imamate

Historical Examples

  • In 1435 the people rose against the tyranny of the Bani Nebhan and restored the imamate of the tribe al-Azd.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3


  • Both circumstances, according to the then prevailing notions, made them unfit for the imamate.

  • Babism has its roots in Shiahism, a soil impregnated with the doctrines of the Imamate and Mahdiism.

    Bahaism and Its Claims

    Samuel Graham Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for imamate


noun Islam
  1. the region or territory governed by an imam
  2. the office, rank, or period of office of an imam
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